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Executive Course on Drug Policy, Diplomacy and Public Health 2017

October 24, 2017 - October 26, 2017

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The Global Health Centre at the Graduate Institute

Executive Course on Drug Policy, Diplomacy and Public Health 2017

October 24-26
The Graduate Institute, Geneva, Switzerland
(Application Deadline – September 25)

Countries are facing challenges due to the horizontal nature of the drug issue that goes far beyond law-enforcement and prohibition. Some innovative reforms are already being implemented since the UNGASS 2016. What should the new direction be for the future UN governance of international drug policy? How can different actors contribute to a global process that truly advances laws, policies and international cooperation and finally ensures that drug policies help instead of harming the health and welfare of mankind? How can countries develop a coordinated response, in compliance with international drug control rules, when their ministries of health tend to treat users, while their ministries of interior and justice tend to criminalisze them? How can UN have a meaningful and impactful role in addressing drug policy issues? And what should the role of civil society and user networks be in the international debate on drug policies?

The course is aimed at policy-makers involved in public health, drug policy, and human rights negotiations including:

  • Governments’ representatives from ministries of health, foreign affairs, justice, interior and drug control agencies
  • Representatives from international and regional institutions
  • Health attachés and diplomats with a portfolio linked to health and drug policy
  • Professionals in academia
  • Representatives from non-governmental organisations

The course will proceed under the Chatham House Rule.

Speakers from international organisations and representatives from different sectors will contribute their expertise throughout the course.



October 24, 2017
October 26, 2017
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Geneva, Switzerland


The Graduate Institute Geneva | Global Health Centre